- Carson v. Makin Puts Religion and Charter Schools on the Table in Connecticut
- > Jun 27, 8:27 AM: A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring states to extend funding for private school vouchers to include religious schools will not immediately affect Connecticut, but has the potential to reshape the state’s charter schools
- Supreme Court Rejects Maine’s Ban on Aid to Religious Schools
- > Jun 22, 8:59 AM: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., writing for the majority, said the ruling did not require states to support religious education. But states that choose to subsidize private schools, he added, may not discriminate against
- Supreme Court: Schools offering religious instruction may be entitled to state tuition aid
- Jun 22, 8:58 AM: A 6-3 majority ruled Maine's denial of taxpayer money to religious schools was discriminatory. The court's liberal wing said the decision erodes separation of church and state.
- Supreme Court: Religious schools must get Maine tuition aid
- Jun 22, 8:56 AM: The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Maine can't exclude religious schools from a program that offers tuition aid for private education, a decision that could ease religious organizations’ access to taxpayer money.
- Opinion | Religion, Schools and the Supreme Court
- > Jun 22, 8:53 AM: Chief Justice John Roberts delivered another opinion Tuesday that might inspire religious believers to thank God for the First Amendment. Some parts of Maine, which is the nation’s most rural state, don’t operate their own high
- A Supreme win for school choice (Editorial)
In a win for parents and school-choice advocates, the US Supreme Court overturned a Maine law Tuesday that denied religious schools access to state tuition assistance available to students attending secular private institutions. >
Jun 22, 8:51 AM:
- Boston Public Schools moves forward in finding a new leader. Meet the two finalists
Dr. Tommy Welch, Region 1 school superintendent (K-12), Boston Public Schools, and Mary Skipper, superintendent of Somerville Public Schools, were announced as finalists for the position of BPS superintendent Tuesday.
Jun 22, 8:33 AM:
- K-12 Dealmaking: Microschool Company Raises $20M; IXL Acquires Curiosity Media
A company that offers small-group “microschools,” Prenda, raised $20 million aimed at helping grow its network in additional states, the company announced.
Jun 21, 9:25 AM:
- NY charter schools sue U.S. Department of Education for refusing to pay federal grant funds; Bronx schools owed $217K
- Jun 21, 9:12 AM: A group of New York charter schools filed a federal lawsuit this month against the U.S. Department of Education for allegedly sweeping away nearly $1 million in promised Charter School Programs funding.
- How much did the pandemic cyber charter surge cost Pa. school districts? More than $12k per student, new report says
- > Jun 16, 9:49 AM: The pandemic enrollment surge in cyber charters cost Pennsylvania districts hundreds of millions of dollars — costs that could be magnified by the inability to predict whether some of those students will remain in virtual schools
- The Parents Keeping Their Children In Pod Schools
- Jun 16, 9:46 AM: A temporary solution to school closures finds new life as an ideological safe space.
- Enrollment losses in NYC public schools even sharper than predicted, down 80,000 in two years
- > Jun 16, 9:41 AM: City public school registers have fallen to roughly 920,000 students for the 2021-2022 school year, according to finalized enrollment data from the Education Department. That’s 20,000 fewer students than the agency’s preliminary
- Pa. Senate votes to block charter school regulations from taking effect
The Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday passed a concurrent resolution that would block Gov. Tom Wolf’s regulatory changes to the state’s charter school law from taking effect.
Jun 16, 9:36 AM:
- Parents Flee The Public School System As Charter Schools See Surge In Enrollment
- Jun 9, 7:54 AM: Partial blame for the decline in public schools can be attributed to the pandemic; though the trends have been occurring for several years, the report claimed.
- How Vocational-Technical Schools Are Helping Students Achieve the American Dream
- > Jun 9, 7:34 AM: The Pioneer Institute is out with a new book, “Hands-On Achievement: Massachusetts’s National Model Vocational-Technical Schools,” which finds that vocational-technical high schools have lower dropout rates and on-par test scores
- A Camden school reflects on a full year with mandatory masks: ‘We’re used to it’
The Camden school system, which enrolls about 5,100 students in its 15 traditional public schools, will wrap up the 2021-22 school year in two weeks with a mask requirement still in place for all students and teachers.
Jun 9, 7:32 AM:
- Time running out to urge increase in nonpublic school bus funding
- Jun 9, 7:25 AM: For the past two months, nonpublic school advocates have been contacting their state legislators to urge an increase in transportation funding from $1,000 to at least $1,150 per student.
- Hybrid learning during pandemic cements Cape Elizabeth parent’s support for school choice
- Jun 9, 7:20 AM: His local school district’s decision to enact hybrid learning during the COVID-19 pandemic made finding a work-life balance difficult and strengthened his belief in school choice.
- Ocean Hill charter school introduces educator fellowship to curb teacher shortage
- Jun 9, 7:17 AM: A charter school in Ocean Hill is hoping to reverse the nationwide teacher shortage problem with a program to prepare college students for future teaching roles.
- Foxboro charter school grad focuses on seizing each day, helping to empower others
- Jun 9, 7:14 AM: Tayla Alfred has learned a lot in her career at the charter school in Foxboro. At least one of those lessons has been that not all maladies are visible.